Cherson & Molschky: Stop Comparing Anti-Islamic and Anti-Semitic Cartoons

The difference is in the reactions.

Such cartoons offend us both. What is the Jewish reaction? We kvetch. We write about it, maybe even go to court.

What is the Muslim reaction? Violent terrorist attacks, rioting- murder.

No, we are not hypocrites, and yes, we believe in free speech. But we are allowed to be offended, as anyone would be…


Another point in that anti-Semitic cartoons are typically direct against Jews per se, not against the Second Commandment (the one about “graven images”).

It should be noted that the Second Commandment caused trouble over the centuries for Christians too. During the Protestant Reformation, zealous new Bible readers went about smashing statues in churches (called “iconoclasm”). To this day, the stained glass windows of (what were once) the stricter Protestant denominations do not show any figures, just patterns in glass.

The original idea of setting oneself apart from religions with idols seemed like a good idea at the time…but how much relevance does it really have in the 21st century?

Indeed, some Muslims seems to make an idol of the Koran itself, with their rules about how it must handled and their extreme upset about it being burned. Are they not making the book an idol itself?

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  • SDMatt

    Indeed, some Muslims seems to make an idol of the Koran itself, with their rules about how it must handled and their extreme upset about it being burned. Are they not making the book an idol itself?

    Islamic theology stipulates that like Allah the Koran is “uncreated,” so you point is well made (uncreated = it has always existed).

    In fact during the 9-10th centuries a school of Islamic jurisprudence in favour of rational thought and inquiry known as the Mu‘tazilites objected to the uncreatedness of the Koran, recognizing the conflict between Islam’s professed monotheism and the second godhead that the uncreated Koran represented: “If the Qur’an was uncreated then it must be another God, and therefore the unity of God would be violated.”

    The Mu‘tazilites of course lost, as did any hope of reformation of Islam, and today Islam is in fact and logic a polytheistic religion.

    • Islam is idol worship period, they are a pagan murder cult.

  • winniec

    Look. The problem is Sharia law. Muslims have no choice with Sharia law, because if you speak against it, you get killed. If you try to reform Islam, you end up like Irshad Manji with fulltime body guards.

    When you criticize anything in Islam, it becomes a blasphemy issue. The punishment for intentional blasphemy is always death whether you repent or not.

    -“Insulting the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is one of the worst of forbidden actions… whether done seriously or in jest. The one who does that is to be EXECUTED even if he repents and whether he is a Muslim or a kaafir.” – Al-Saarim al-Maslool, 2/438

    • Islam has hijacked Mohammedans.

    • Frau Katze

      Is that Koran or a Hadith?

  • The_Infidel_01

    Actually that law is misunderstood by so many. it talks about making idols for the specific role of being worshipped and prayed to, (expecting an answer from said idol). the muslims do in fact have an idol, it is that big black box thingy in mecca, if they are not facing it perfectly, their prayers are not answered, thus by default, their prayers are being answered by the box, or rather the stone on the corner of said box.

    • Frau Katze

      That part always seemed weird to me. Islam just plain sucks, IMHO.

      • The_Infidel_01

        Well, to put it simply, if you are talking to someone, should you not respect them enough to face them? Same goes with idol worship, you face the idol out of respect for whichever god it supposedly represents, have your conversation with it, then hope it answers you. Pretty much covers it really, muslims face mecca’s black box with the black stone (which explains why they like stoning so much, when your god is a stone) and pray to it for whatever they want, which is usually violent and murderous for the most part.

  • luna

    Yes the reactions are strikingly different. But also criticism of Jews is directed at the children of Israel (people who happen to be Jewish, practicing or not), while criticism of Islam is directed at the founder, not the followers.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …nice words, but, unfortunately your average, run-of-the-mill street muzzle’em zombie isn’t particularily insightful nor inward looking…